Test Your System

Periodic testing of your alarm system is essential to ensure proper functionality.

Learn to Test Your Security DeviceWe recommend testing your system monthly. Testing the signal communication to our central office is easy and will only take a few minutes:

  • Call 208-726-4788, let us know you will be testing your system and ask to have your alarm system put in “TEST” mode.   You will need to be prepared with your “all OK” word.
  • NOTE: To avoid deployment of emergency services you MUST put your alarm in “TEST” mode.
  • Set your alarm as you normally would as if you were leaving. Wait until the delay time has expired and the alarm is set.
  • Open a door or window that is connected to your alarm system. Once the siren begins to sound (if you have one),  wait at least 45 seconds then you can disarm the system.
  • Call us back at 208-726-4788 to confirm that the signal has been received and request that your system be taken out of “TEST” mode.  Your phone line might be dead if the alarm panel is still communicating.
  • You will probably need to reset the alarm memory on your system by entering your code at least one more time, or by pressing the memory reset button combination unique to your system.  Check your manual for instructions.

This manual test ensures that your alarm system is properly communicating with the Central Station. However it is recommended that you test all devices to ensure they are communicating with your alarm panel.

Testing the operation of all door and window sensors, and motion detectors without arming the system:  This is best done with two people, but not essential.

  • Verify that the system is in “READY” mode and NOT ARMED. The system must be disarmed to avoid accidental emergency dispatch.
  • Open each protected door or window, one at a time
  • Check that the keypad displays the door or window you are testing is open, you may have to press the “status” or “ready” button depending on your type of system.
  • Close the respective door or window. The keypad should revert to “ready” mode.
  • Repeat this procedure for each sensor in the system.
  • When you walk in front of a motion detector, the keypad will momentarily show that zone as faulted.
  • As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call our office 208-726-4788.